The Jembe Instrument

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The beginning:
The Jembe Instrument
The
jembe
is a West African hand drum used for entertainment and special cultural ceremonies. The name of the instrument is allegedly a Mali contraction of a phrase meaning “everyone come together,” in
Bamanakan
. It is traditionally played by West African men, often to accompany female singers and dancers.
The
jembe
is a very spiritual instrument. Its wooden body has the shape of a chalice, or elaborate drinking cup, perfect for placing between one’s knees for drumming in a sitting position. Or, the performer can wear a strap around his neck connected to the
jembe
, and stand while playing. For joyous performances like weddings, the infectious spirit of a
jembe
ensemble will produce rhythms that make sitting still...
The end:
.....e. But overall, the
jembe
is an instrument with immutable beauty and history, and will always be revered as a wonderfully spiritual instrument.
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